The 3rd annual Freedom Calling 5K run is now a color run called Step Out Of Darkness. This event hosted by the non-profit Freedom Calling raises awareness of sex trafficking in the Portland Metro area.
Freedom Calling is a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of sex trafficking in our area. They also have educational programs and resources for youth and parents on awareness and prevention of these very real issues affecting our children. In addition, they provide restoration programs and educational resources for survivors and victims.
Every year, at least 100,000 children are forced into prostitution in the United States, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Oregon is a state where significant sex trafficking takes place. And Portland, Oregon is a national hub for child sex trafficking. According to ABC News, children and teens from all over the country, but mostly from the small towns of the Northwest, walk Portland’s streets today.
This event is held at Cook Park, which has the added bonus of real flush toilets instead of port-a-potties! Registration for this 5K includes a white t-shirt for you to wear on race day to be sure you get the full effect of all the colors. After the colorful 5K there will be a breakfast and awards will be given to the top three in both adult and youth categories.
I ran this race in its first year and it went off without a hitch. I was amazed at what I learned about sex trafficking in our area from asking questions at the informational area they had set up at the race and from reading the information on the Freedom Calling website. This event is a cause worth getting behind. We shouldn’t lose our children – educate yourself and your kids! And register for a race that is behind a necessary cause.
Step Out of Darkness 5K Details
Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Location: Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Ave, Tigard
Entry Fees: $35 – Adults
$25 – 17 and under
See website for team pricing information
Race Website: Click Here